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Managed honeybees linked to new diseases in wild bees

Diseases that are common in managed honeybee colonies are  now  widespread in the UK’s wild bumblebees, according to research  published in  Nature. The study suggests that some diseases are being  driven into wild  bumblebee populations directly from managed honeybees.  Scientists from Royal  Holloway University of London and the University  of Exeter, working in  collaboration with Professor Robert Paxton at  Martin-Luther University  Halle-Wittenberg, say the research provides  vital information for beekeepers  across the world to ensure honeybee  management supports wild bee populations.

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Publication in “Nature”: a new class of quasicrystals has been discovered

Scientists at Martin Luther University have caused a sensation: physicist Prof. Dr. Wolf Widdra and his research team were able to prove that it is possible to form a quasicrystal from oxides. Previously such structures were only found in a few metal alloys and very soft colloidal systems. The materials, developed on this basis, have unusual and highly interesting properties from a technological point of view. The discovery considerably widens these new materials’ field of application. The scientists’ findings were published in the October issue of the renowned journal “Nature”.

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Over one million euros in EU funding for nano-researcher Georg Woltersdorf

Dr. Georg Woltersdorf has accepted an appointment at Martin Luther University. The renowned young physicist took over the Chair for Experimental Physics, Optics and Time-resolved Spectroscopy on 1 October thereby transferring to MLU his project “Electric Control of Magnetization Dynamics”, which studies the properties of nanomagnets. The project is being funded by the European Research Council’s ERC Starting Grant of €1.5 million euros over five years. The nanostructures Woltersdorf is studying could be used in new data storage methods.

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Embryos: The animal-like secret of plants - Halle researchers are published in "Nature"

One thing is true for both embryos of vertebrates and humans: there is hardly any difference between them during a specific development phase. Beforehand and afterwards there are major differences between the species. This is referred to as the hourglass principle in embryonic development. Scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry (IPB) and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have also discovered that this principle applies to plants as well. It is a mutual molecular phenomenon and this discovery will contribute to the understanding of the origin of biodiversity. The research findings of these scientists from Halle have been published in the renowned magazine “Nature”.

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